I am not saying my kids are geniuses. In fact, I have made peace with the knowledge that my kids are not likely to be Nobel laureates. And I am cool with that. But I am seriously and consistently impressed with what they can actually do versus what I think they are capable of. Now, Ton is all of 5 years old, and given the choice, she would sit in her underwear all day watching Adventure Time and eating senbei. But in just three weeks (one lesson a week) she managed to learn a whole hula song and two taiko drumming songs. Now if only she would show that much enthusiasm to learn how to read Japanese. Then again, she is making steady progress, and I look forward to the day, some time soon, when we can sit on the couch side by side and read our respective books. The mighty Mo, all of 3 years and change, is seriously some kind of architectural mechanical engineering savant. I watch the other kids in LegoLand and Bornelund putting together various vehicles and buildings, so I see what is typical for small and big kids. Maybe my boy has an almost autistic fascination with symmetry, but he builds some seriously tricked out constructions, with symmetry down to the brick color. And the other day on the bus he looked at the KIRIN truck in the next lane and said "Riku's K!...and, I...wait...it say, papa, it say Riku, but not Riku, but just RIK! See it papa, you see it? My name, it says my name but not RIKU, just it say RIK!! I my truck papa, get it for me, please? PLEASE?! Wait, my truck it go that way and why we no go that way my truck have to come THIS way, to Riku!! Papa?! Get it! PAPA!" Sorry son, I love you but not enough to jump out a bus window and flag down a beer truck.